But there are occasions when you want to bring a hostess gift. Maybe you usually bring wine, flowers or a dessert. Another gift idea is to bring a few homemade dry dip mixes. The dry mixes can be placed in different containers, such as cellophane bags (with a card stock label stapled on top), sandwich baggies, paper bags or recycled baby food jars or plastic containers. If you want to glam up the presentation, include a pretty serving bowl or dish and arrange the dry mixes in it. The hostess can make dip for the party or save it for late
Dry dip mixes make wonderful gifts for any occasion and they sell well at craft shows and school fundraisers (priced around $3 each), too.
RANCH DIP MIX
3/4 tablespoon dried parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
Combine the above ingredients and stir until well blended. Place in a small bag. Attach a gift tag, adhesive label or recipe card with the directions below on how to prepare the dip.
1 package Ranch Dip mix
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cup sour cream
Combine the Ranch Dip mix with the mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir until well-blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
FRUIT DIP MIX
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger (found at health food stores or specialized grocery stores)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Process the above ingredients until ginger is finely chopped and mixture is well-blended. Place in a small bag. Attach a gift tag, adhesive label or recipe card with the directions below on how to prepare the dip.
1 package Fruit Dip mix
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
Combine the Fruit Dip mix with the softened cream cheese. Beat until well-mixed. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to allow flavors to blend. Serve with fresh cut fruit, graham crackers or vanilla wafers.
VEGETABLE DIP MIX
1 tablespoon dried chives
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Combine the above ingredients and stir until well-mixed. Place in a small bag. Attach a gift tag, adhesive label or recipe card with the directions below on how to prepare the dip.
Seven Layer Taco Dip
1 (1-ounce) packet taco seasoning mix
1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16-ounce) jar chunky salsa
1 large tomato, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 (6-ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
tortilla chips, for serving
In a medium bowl, combine the taco seasoning mix and refried beans. Spread the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch pan. Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over the beans. Layer salsa, tomato, cheese and olives. Serve with tortilla chips.
Optional: Include layers of onions, guacamole, green peppers or lettuce. Layer in a trifle bowl for a pretty display, and offer a spoon to scoop.
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ripe tomato, chopped, or 1 cup chunky salsa
1 lime or lemon, juiced
salt and pepper, to taste
Halve, pit and peel avocados, and mash in a bowl. Stir in onion, garlic, tomato, juice, salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before use.
– submitted by Karen, Ontario
1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
2-1/2 cups sour cream
fresh parsley, to taste
3 tablespooons grated onion
3 tablespoons dried dill weed
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
In a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, onion, dill weed and seasoning salt. Cover and refrigerate overnight. This can be the dip for a rye-bread boat or as a vegetable dip.